Trampled or treasured?

The news in early January that Palau President Thomas E. Remengesau Jr. is seeking to restrict future hotel investments to only five-star hotels is one on a growing list of similar stories involving popular tourist destinations around the world.

  Condé Nast Traveler, the BBC and other publications and news organizations have reported on many of most recent occurrences throughout 2016. Several islands off the coast of Phuket in Thailand popular for snorkeling and diving have drastically limited or completely closed their business offerings — and one island all together — for tourists as of May, as large portions of the . . .

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